Anadromous Fishes of California's Central Coast Region
Anadromous fishes migrate up rivers and streams from the ocean to reproduce.
- 1 Salmonids
- 2 Other Anadromous Species
- 3 Species Information
- 4 Stakeholders
- 5 Laws, policies, & regulations
- 6 References
- 7 Disclaimer
|Species & Distinct Population Segment|
|Common Name||Scientific Name||DPS||Acronym||CESA Status||ESA Status|
|Steelhead (Rainbow Trout)||Oncorhynchus mykiss||Central California Coast Steelhead ||STCCC||Threatened |
|South-Central California Coast Steelhead ||STSCC||Threatened |
|Southern California Coast Steelhead ||STSCA||Endangered |
|Coho Salmon (Silver)||Oncorhynchus kisutch||Central California Coast Coho Salmon ||COCCC||Endangered ||Endangered |
The steelhead subspecies present in the CCC region are divided into three Distinct Population Segments (DPS).: Central California Coast Steelhead (STCCC), South-Central California Coast Steelhead  (STSCC), and Southern California Coast Steelhead (STSCA).
brief description of them in the region
link to steelhead page
Discuss their resilience and adaptability, then link to main steelhead page. LINK TO MAP
Describe current status
Brief mention of history
Discuss current recovery plans
brief description of them in the region
link to coho salmon page
Briefly describe their lower range and why their range is limited in the central coast region. LINK TO MAP
Describe significance of these populations, their threats here in the region, and reference the recovery plan.
Species Distributions in the CCCR 
|Anadromous Populations in California's Central Coast Hydrologic Region |
|San Vicente Creek||X||X|
|San Lorenzo River||X||X|
|San Jose Creek||X|
|Little Sur River||X|
|Big Sur River||X|
|San Carpoforo Creek||X|
|Arroyo de la Cruz||X|
|Little Pico Creek||X|
|San Simeon Creek||X|
|Santa Rosa Creek||X|
|Morro Bay Complex||X|
|San Luis Obispo, Pismo, and Arroyo Grande Creek||X|
|Santa Anita Creek||X|
|Goleta Slough Complex||X|
Chinook salmon (Onchorhynchus tshawyatscha) are commonly called king salmon, and support substantial commercial and recreational (sport) fishing industries on the California coast. Anthropocentric factors have lead to a decrease in their abundance and diversity throughout California, with most individuals in remaining populations being of hatchery origin.
While there are no spawning populations of Chinook salmon in the CCC region, the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBSTP) participates in an annual stocking program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to support local fishing industries. Juvenile salmon are transported (trucked) from Central Valley (Sacramento River Watershed) fish hatcheries to Monterey Bay and released as part of a state-wide hatchery supplementation strategy to abate fishing pressures on threatened and endangered stocks, and promote economic stability in local coastal communities.
Other Anadromous Species
|Native Anadromous Species|
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Federal Status||State Status|
|Pacific Lamprey||Entosphenus tridentatus|
|Armored Threespine Stickleback||Gasterosteus aculeatus|
|Striped Bass||Morone saxatilis|
Armored Threespine Stickleback
Laws, policies, & regulations
- Final Coastal Multispecies Recovery Plan for the California Coastal Chinook Salmon, Northern California Steelhead and Central California Coast Steelhead. 2016. National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Federal Endangered Species Act. 1973. United States Environmental Protection Agency.https://www.fws.gov/endangered/laws-policies/regulations-and-policies.html.
- South-Central California Coast Steelhead Recovery Plan. 2013. National Marine Fisheries Service
- Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan Summary. 2012. National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Recovery Plan for the Evolutionarily Significant Unit of Central California Coast Coho Salmon. 2012. National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Listing of Endangered Species, California Endangered Species Act. 1970. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/CESA/FESA.
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